Peter Billing

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Peter Billing
Personal information
Full name Peter Graham Billing[1]
Date of birth (1964-10-24) 24 October 1964 (age 55)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England[1]
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
1985–1986 South Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986 Everton 1 (0)
1986–1989 Crewe Alexandra 88 (1)
1989–1993 Coventry City 58 (1)
1993Port Vale (loan) 12 (0)
1993–1995 Port Vale 14 (0)
1995–1996 Hartlepool United 36 (0)
1996–1997 Crewe Alexandra 15 (0)
1997 Northwich Victoria 15 (0)
Total 239 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Peter Graham Billing (born 24 October 1964) is an English former footballer who played in central defence. He made 224 league appearances in an eleven-year career in the Football League.

A former South Liverpool player, he turned professional with Everton in January 1986. He featured in the Super Cup final, but was sold on to Crewe Alexandra for £12,000 in December 1986. He helped the "Railwaymen" to win promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1988–89, before he was sold on to Coventry City for £120,000 in June 1989. He made 58 top-flight appearances for the "Sky Blues", before joining Port Vale for a £35,000 fee in May 1993, following a successful three-month loan spell in which he featured in the club's Football League Trophy success. He helped the "Valiants" to win promotion out of the Second Division in 1993–94, but was allowed to leave on a free transfer in May 1995. He then spent a season each with Hartlepool United and former club Crewe Alexandra, before he went into non-league football with Northwich Victoria.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Liverpool, Billing started his career with local non-league side South Liverpool, before being signed up by Howard Kendall at Everton in January 1986. He only played one First Division game for the "Toffees", and also featured in both legs of the 1986 Super Cup final defeat to rivals Liverpool. He left Goodison Park after being sold to Crewe Alexandra for £12,000 in December 1986. The "Railwaymen" finished 17th in the Fourth Division in 1986–87 and 1987–88. Manager Dario Gradi took the Gresty Road club to promotion in 1988–89 with a third-place finish. Billing made a total of 88 league appearances for the club in his two-and-a-half seasons in Cheshire.

He was sold on to Coventry City for £120,000 in June 1989. The "Sky Blues" finished 12th in the top-flight in 1989–90 under John Sillett's stewardship. They then dropped to 16th in 1990–91 under new boss Terry Butcher, before finishing 19th in 1991–92, one place and two points above relegated Luton Town. Coventry played in the first ever season of Premier League football in 1992–93 under Bobby Gould, though Billing lost his first team place by 1993–94, after new boss Phil Neal took over at Highfield Road. Billing made 58 league appearances for the Midlands side.

He was loaned to Second Division club Port Vale in February 1993.[1] He impressed manager John Rudge and was signed permanently for a £35,000 fee in May 1993.[1] Two of his 17 appearances for the "Valiants" in 1992–93 were as a substitute for Robin van der Laan in the 1993 Football League Trophy final and the play-off final, both at Wembley.[1] Vale won the cup game 2–1 over Stockport County, but were beaten 3–0 by West Bromwich Albion in the play-off final.[1] He did though help the club to achieve promotion with a second-place finish in 1993–94.[1] His first team chances limited in 1994–95, he was given a free transfer to Hartlepool United in May 1995.[1] He played 43 games at Victoria Park under Keith Houchen, helping "Pools" to a 20th-place finish in the Third Division in 1995–96. He returned to Crewe in August 1996, and made 15 league appearances, helping Alex to win promotion out of the Second Division via the play-offs in 1996–97, though he did not feature in the play-off final itself. He then headed into the Conference with Northwich Victoria.

Statistics[edit]

Source:[2][3]

Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Everton 1985–86 First Division 1 0 0 0 4 0 5 0
Crewe Alexandra 1986–87 Fourth Division 19 0 0 0 1 0 20 0
1987–88 Fourth Division 32 0 1 0 5 0 38 0
1988–89 Fourth Division 37 1 4 0 5 0 46 1
Total 88 1 5 0 9 0 102 1
Coventry City 1989–90 First Division 18 0 1 0 5 0 24 0
1990–91 First Division 15 0 4 0 3 0 22 0
1991–92 First Division 22 1 2 0 4 0 28 1
1992–93 Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 58 1 7 0 12 0 77 1
Port Vale 1992–93 Second Division 12 0 0 0 5 0 17 0
1993–94 Second Division 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
1994–95 First Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 26 0 0 0 6 0 32 0
Hartlepool United 1995–96 Third Division 36 0 1 0 6 0 43 0
Crewe Alexandra 1996–97 Second Division 15 0 2 0 3 0 20 0
Career total 224 2 15 0 42 0 281 2

Honours[edit]

Everton
Crewe Alexandra
Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 29. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.
  2. ^ Peter Billing at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  3. ^ Peter Billing at Soccerbase Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ Kent, Jeff (1993). The Port Vale Record 1879–1993. Witan Books. p. 236. ISBN 0-9508981-9-8.